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Dazed and Confused To anyone who grew up in the Seventies- myself not included- the words are guaranteed to strike a chord not only of heavy metal guitar feedback but of sweet nostalgia for those carefree days of innocence exuberance and wonder Well not really What that old Led Zeppelin number brings to mind with its slow grinding rhythm punctuated by head-banging howls of rage is the darker side of adolescence the boredom the frustration the zonked-out quest for meaning that marks our transformation into mature and responsible members of society Time dulls the pain or at least puts it into perspective and it is only when you hear the right record bump into the right schoolmate or see the right movie that it all comes flashing back Dazed and Confused is the right movie As for atmosphere it is dead on Dazed and Confused captures 1976 brilliantly from the bell bottoms and feathered hair to the soundtrack of early hard rock classics to a pair of statues painted to look like members of KISS The drug and alcohol use is matter-of-fact The production design had to be perfect and it is Anyone who cant quite recall a time when sex was safe and far fewer kids just said no should take a look just for the sake of historical accuracy It is directed by Richard Linklater and stars a cast of complete unknowns This 1993 sleeper leads us through a day in the life of a loosely-aligned group of seniors and freshmen at a high school in suburban Texas What happens Its 1976 schools out for the summer and kids in pickup trucks and convertibles are cruising the neon-lit streets swigging beer philosophizing looking for a place to party They pull up at a roadhouse pig out
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